WINNER OF THE BLOODY SCOTLAND CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2015 Head of Hamburg's Murder Commission, Jan Fabel is used to the dead, but when a routine enquiry spirals out of control he finds himself on much closer terms with death - his own. As he struggles to process this experience, his first case comes back to haunt him: Monika Krone's body is found at last, fifteen years after she disappeared. Monika - beautiful, intelligent, cruel - was the centre of a group obsessed with the gothic. When men who knew Monika start turning up dead, the crime scenes full of gothic symbolism, Fabel realizes he is looking for a killer with both a hunger for vengeance and a terrifying taste for the macabre. A true gothic demon is stalking the streets of Hamburg ...
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Craig Russell is the author of the Jan Fabel thrillers set in contemporary Hamburg and the Lennox series set in 1950s Glasgow. He is the only non-German to have been awarded the Polizeistern (Police Star) by the Polizei Hamburg. He has been shortlisted for the CWA Duncan Lawrie Golden Dagger, the French Prix Polar, the 2012 Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year and the 2013 Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, and has won the CWA Dagger in the Library and the 2015 Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the YearReview:
The Ghosts Of Altona is a confidently unsettling crime novel that subverts expectations with a joyful intelligence. The National In Jan Fabel Russell has created one of the better drawn versions of the thinking man with a badge Shots Magazine He's (Jan Fabel's) become one of the most interesting detectives around; his seventh appearance is his best. -- Marcel Berlins The Times This is an excellent read. Literary Review Craig Russell writes intelligently and with sensitivity ... The Ghosts of Altona is an absorbing above average crime thriller ... absolutely not one to miss SJ2B House of Books There are many layers to be had here and Craig Russell brings them all together over time in indomitable fashion - clever construction and a real feel for character development means this comes highly recommended from me. Liz Loves Books
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